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  ISSUE 8/2016 22 March 2016  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Finally it seems that spring is here, the best sign of it in Japan is the cherry blossom season, assume the 'Hanami' (cherry blossom viewing) parties will start towards the end of the week. To get an idea of the magnitude of the Hanami parties I use to tell people in Finland that it compares to combining our May Day (Vappu) an Midsummer celebrations, at least in the amount of drinks consumed...

Our next event is the joint EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Masuzoe on Tuesday, 29 March. Note that due to a cancellation we have one slot left so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so soonest! More about this event also below.

The FCCJ Annual General Assembly and Dinner is held on Tuesday, 5 April. Note that this is a member only event, so if you are not a member and would like to participate, time to join FCCJ now...;-). More information about the event below.

On Friday, 22 April we play the Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West. The course is quite high up so we could still expect some cherry blossom then and a great Mt. Fuji view! Read more below.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" used the extended weekend to produce a new article titled: "Spring energy, child care and train travel.".

Click banner at right to read the column and find out how you can seamlessly combine those subjects!

Thursday, 29 March - EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor

FCCJ is collaborating with the EU Chambers in inviting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe for a Luncheon where the Governor will share his ambitions for making Tokyo a vibrant business and investment hub on the road to 2020 - and beyond.

Topics will include:
- plans for Tokyo to become the most business-friendly city in the world
- strengthening of the city as a global financial centre
- vision for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

This event will be held in collaboration with 13 European Chambers with a support by European Business Council and Philips Japan. The event is sold out (except for our one cancellation slot...) with 200 participants so it is a great opportunity for networking as well!

Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 March, 11:00-13:00 NOTE TIME
Place: Hilton Tokyo, 4F Kiku Room, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 8,000 yen, non-members: 10,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:Note that we have only one slot left so sign up now!

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after 13:00 on 25 March and no-shows will be invoiced.
Tuesday, 5 April - Members Only Event
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 17th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

       Embassy of Finland on

       Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 at 17.00

       Registration dead-line: Thursday, 31 March

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. To check who have signed up, click here.
Friday, 22 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2016

The 28th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 22 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event six times in the past. First tee-off is at 22 April and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

Survey: Helsinki Airport "best in northern Europe"

Finland's Helsinki Airport is northern Europe's best airport of 2016, according to a survey of 13 million international travellers.

The UK-based airline and airport review and ranking website Skytrax listed Helsinki Airport as the 15th best airport in the world overall and the best in northern Europe. That's an improvement from their position on Skytrax's overall list at number 18 a year ago.

However, where, exactly "northern Europe's" boundaries are measured remain a little unclear - because both Amsterdam's Schiphol and London's Heathrow airports bested Helsinki this year.

According to Finavia, the state-owned company which maintains the country's airports, Skytrax surveyed more than 13 million international passengers to reach their figures.

In a press release Finavia said that Skytrax compiled its data through terminal surveys, interviews, mystery shoppers and real-time collection devices.

"Helsinki Airport has already been in the elite class of airports for almost 20 years. The Skytrax award is proof of the high level of the airport's operations and services," Finavia's Ville Haapasaari, the director of Helsinki Airport said.

The Singapore Changi was named as the world's best airport and Munich was named the best in Europe.
Grin of the Week

Not the smartest boss...

One day a secretary is leaving on her lunch break, and she notices her boss standing in front of a shredder with a clueless look on his face. The secretary walks up to him and asks if he needs help. "Yes!" he says looking and sounding relieved, "This is very important."

Glad to help, she turns the shredder on and inserts the paper. Then her boss says, "Thanks, I only need one copy."
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 700 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.